NM snags millions for energy projects

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By Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new federal report shows millions of federal stimulus dollars are being spent on energy projects in New Mexico.

The report released by the U.S. Department of Energy shows nearly 100 projects and tax credits totaling nearly $670 million in New Mexico, from environmental cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory to new investments in smart grid and other renewable energy technology.

Part of the funding — $50 million — is going to the state to build a sustainable transportation sector. Officials say the goal is to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and limit pollution.

Funding is also going to a program aimed at making New Mexico homes more energy efficient.

Gov. Bill Richardson says the projects also are creating jobs.